SFA

 

We are responsible for giving colleges, training organisations and employers the right funding to help adults, young people, the unemployed and people with low skill levels to get the skills they need for employment. This includes:

  • supporting traineeships for young people not in education, employment and training (NEET)
  • funding and coordinating apprenticeships throughout England
  • running the National Careers Service, which gives impartial, professional advice on careers, skills and training
  • overseeing and managing 24+ Advanced Learning Loans
  • being a co-financing organisation for the European Social Fund (ESF) in England, which is investing in jobs and skills
  • helping offenders get into education or training using the Offenders’ Learning and Skills Service

We also:

  • maintain Individualised Learner Record (ILR) data
  • publish data and datasets to support planning and performance reporting in FE
  • support the Learning Records Service, who maintain Unique Learner Numbers (ULNs) and Personal Learning Records (PLRs)